Great TV Shows and Miniseries; Recommended to Mavens

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1. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 226,064

2. In Treatment (2008–2010)

TV-MA | 25 min | Drama

A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes, Blair Underwood

Votes: 13,922

3. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

A New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 228,235

4. Horace and Pete (2016)

TV-MA | 67 min | Comedy, Drama

Louis C.K.'s Eugene O'Neill-esque dramedic web series about two brothers, introverted Horace and mentally ill Pete, the current owners of their family's Irish bar "Horace and Pete's", and their dysfunctional family and friends.

Stars: Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Steven Wright

Votes: 11,774

5. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 227,116

6. This Is England '86 (2010)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama

Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid 80's England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job, and something that resembles a future.

Stars: Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Chanel Cresswell, Danielle Watson

Votes: 9,214

7. This Is England '88 (2011)

TV-MA | 70 min | Crime, Drama

Christmas 1988. Soulmates, woody and Lol find themselves in exile from each other and the gang. Trying to understand the definition 'growing up', Shaun begins a course at College, that quickly takes the wrong turn.

Stars: Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Chanel Cresswell, Charlotte Tyree

Votes: 7,196

8. This Is England '90 (2015)

55 min | Crime, Drama

The year is 1990, the rave scene has just entered England. The sound of the Stone roses lurks toward Shaun and the gang. This means that Woody and Lol are living in a domestic bliss, they are happy again. But this year will see huge changes in everyone. This is the year 1990. This is England.

Stars: Lyra Mae Thomas, Billy Braithwait, Chanel Cresswell, Katherine Dow Blyton

Votes: 4,552

9. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

Votes: 9,903

10. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,087,832

11. Better Call Saul (2015– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 216,481

12. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City, New Jersey politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 152,219

13. Treme (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Music

Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo

Votes: 12,021

14. The Newsroom (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 91,144

15. Game of Thrones (2011– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,321,354

16. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 104,368

17. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 62,615

18. Generation Kill (2008)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War

A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

Votes: 40,158

19. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 63,158

20. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 76,807

21. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 38,471

22. Rectify (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 20,454

23. Fargo (2014– )

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 241,764

24. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 52,146

25. The Honourable Woman (2014)

60 min | Drama, Thriller

Centers on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in a international maelstrom when as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Rea, Lubna Azabal, Katherine Parkinson

Votes: 8,418

26. Rev. (2010–2014)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of an Anglican vicar, his wife, and a small but odd group of parishioners in London.

Stars: Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman, Steve Evets, Miles Jupp

Votes: 1,694

27. Utopia (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 32,935

28. Olive Kitteridge (2014)

TV-14 | 239 min | Drama

A middle-school math teacher Olive and her marriage with Henry which spans 25 years.

Stars: Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd

Votes: 13,668

29. The Corner (2000– )

376 min | Crime, Drama

Chronicles West Baltimore family living in poverty on the front lines of America's drug war.

Stars: T.K. Carter, Khandi Alexander, Sean Nelson, Clarke Peters

Votes: 3,894

30. Narcos (2015– )

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 249,119

31. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 134,815

32. Flesh and Bone (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.

Stars: Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra, Irina Dvorovenko

Votes: 8,482

33. The End of the F***ing World (2017– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Drama

James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a road trip in search of her real father.

Stars: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Steve Oram, Wunmi Mosaku

Votes: 62,119

34. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of people from New York struggle to continue their lives, while they cope with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 59,366

35. Feud (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama

An anthology series centering on famous feuds, including Bette Davis & Joan Crawford.

Stars: Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman

Votes: 11,995

36. Legion (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

Stars: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin

Votes: 62,037

37. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 76,524

38. Happyish (2015)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

On his birthday, Thom Payne gets the gift of insignificance and also a new boss. He suspects his ED pills are interfering with his anti-depressants, leaving him with neither happiness nor..... See full summary »

Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Steve Coogan, Sawyer Shipman, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 2,398

39. Mr. Robot (2015– )

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows Elliot, a young programmer working as a cyber-security engineer by day, and a vigilante hacker by night.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin

Votes: 255,333

40. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 279,530

41. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 398,416

42. Men of a Certain Age (2009–2011)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of college buddies in the throes of middle age keep their friendship going long after they've graduated.

Stars: Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, LisaGay Hamilton

Votes: 3,786

43. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 56,034

44. Bloodline (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

A family of adult siblings find that their past secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep of a brother returns home.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 35,941

45. Orphan Black (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.

Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard

Votes: 87,270

46. Love/Hate (2010– )

51 min | Crime, Drama

The story of the organized crime scene of Dublin is revealed, centered on Darren, who wants to stay out of trouble but ends up returning to his old habits and his old gang.

Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Killian Scott, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 5,362

47. House of Cards (2013– )

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

Votes: 400,035